Originally Posted by dirkies
All remakes I opened looked completely different inside and felt lighter. They broke very soon too, unlike the originals that even after 25 years still are rock solid. Hence i bought a db9 to usb adapter (like the Donald one) and used that instead.
Interesting - you found a difference between joysticks that were made on the same tooling? The USB and the new Retro joysticks have been made on the exact same tooling, so they are exactly the same. After the first production run, some parts of the mechanical/moving components have been updated, so the fire buttons don't get stuck any more, and the stick itself holds better, even if you pull hard on it. These changes have lead to virtually zero returns on the second "Retro" production run, so this third production run for the Retro joysticks comes with no changes.